When a Scout joins the Movement they promise to “help other people” and Scout Christmas post is a very practical way that Scouts help their local communities by raising money for good causes.

Scouts in Essex have been running postal services for well over two decades in parts of the county. It supports the busy period for postal services and in some cases in the UK, has raised thousands of pounds to enables the girls and boys to undertake the fun, challenge and adventure of Scouting.

Tiptree Scout Group in the east of the county are one Group that have been undertaking a scout postal service for the last 20 years. The group charges 15p per item and co-operates with other groups in the east of Essex to deliver within a radius of about 20 miles to happy customers. Items are stamped with special peel-off stamps which are available from participating shops in the local area that display a sign and host a special postbox.

The Scout Leaders, Mr & Mrs Robards collect the post and sort it into locations inside and outside of Tiptree and exchange mail with other local Scout post services to ensure that mail is delivered.

Younger Scouts are accompanied by their parents during deliveries and the mail is sorted so that it is delivered by the girls and boys around the local area. In total, Tiptree Scouts delivered 7,000 items.

Mrs Robards said, “They learn about helping other people. The children enjoy it and some groups, like pensioners, like both the price of delivery and seeing children out doing something constructive”